APPLE VALLEY — In a move that went against staff’s initial recommendation, the Town Council has opted not to revoke Bright Futures Academy’s (BFA) business license.
Rather, the Council voted 4-0 — Councilman Larry Cusack was not present — on Tuesday night to delay a decision on license revocation pending the creation of a plan that further remedies calls for service from the school to local law enforcement.
The plan also must show steps the school has taken to “provide a safe and secure environment” for students by addressing security, a previously faulty alarm system, fencing, transportation and the separation of autistic students from those with emotional disturbance disabilities.
Additionally, the plan, which will be presented to the Town Council in December, must be signed off by school districts that contract with BFA, the San Bernardino County Office of Education and the Desert/Mountain Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).
It must also include a time frame for completion and is contingent on the California Department of Education’s (CDE) pending decision on the school’s certification, which CDE suspended amid an investigation of BFA’s Apple Valley campus in late April.
Prior to the December presentation, BFA administrators will provide a status report to the Town Council during its Aug. 8 regular meeting, two days before the new school year begins.
As a nonpublic nonsectarian school (NPS), BFA is privately operated and publicly funded. It serves nearly 250 students at three campuses in Riverside, Apple Valley and Twentynine Palms. Of that population, 53 percent have autism…
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